AMIA Lecture: Tjarda de Haan

On April 20 we will be holding a guest lecture with Tjarda de Haan web archeologist at the Amsterdam Museum ( In conjunction with the P&P course Tjarda will present and discuss her on going project Reconstructing The Digital City.
20 April, 2017 at 16:00–18:00
At the University of Amsterdam, Oudemanhuispoort room C.223.

The Digital City (‘De Digitale Stad’) was a pioneering online community active from 1994 to 2001. Set up as a joint initiative of cultural forum De Balie, hacker magazine Hack-Tic, and Amsterdam City Council, DDS played an important role in the early days of the internet in the Netherlands. By use of the city as a metaphor for the structuring of the online space, contemporary aspects of the online world were foreshadowed, and the development of a unique community served to introduce thousands to the online culture.


In recognition of DDS’ importance as an example of digital heritage, the Reconstructing The Digital City project has been set up with the aim of recovering and reconstructing as much of this internet-historical monument as is possible. In doing so, it is hoped that DDS will be afforded a place in the history of Amsterdam and Dutch internet culture as it deserves, but also to highlight the precarious state of digital heritage during a time of radically shortening technological life-cycles.

In addition to discussing the specificities of the project, Tjarda de Haan will provide an overview of theories and methods of web archaeology, touching amongst other things on the creation of strategies, discovery and development of tools, data collection and analysis, and the position of such materials within heritage archives.

Open to all students and interested parties and we look forward to seeing you there!

20 April, 2017 at 16:00–18:00
At the University of Amsterdam, Oudemanhuispoort room C.223.
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